Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has revealed how he faced an early disagreement with Marvel over the use of African accents in the film.
Upon release in February, the film drew huge praise from critics who applauded the rich portrayal and celebration of African culture within the superhero epic.
But Chadwick, who plays titular panther T’Challa, originally faced a fight with Marvel for the character to have an African accent that reflected the fictional land of Wakanda.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, he admitted: “They felt that it was maybe too much for an audience to take.
“I felt the exact opposite – like, if I speak with a British accent, what’s gonna happen when I go home? It felt to me like a dealbreaker.
“I was like, ‘No, this is such an important factor that if we lose this right now, what else are we gonna throw away for the sake of making people feel comfortable?'”
In the end, Boseman convinced Marvel bosses that T’Challa should have an African accent – along with the rest of the Wakandan natives.
Meanwhile, it was reported earlier this week that Marvel bosses are attempting to secure a Best Picture nomination for Black Panther at the Oscars.
It’s believed that they have hired veteran Oscar strategist Cynthia Swartz in order to increase the film’s chances during awards season.
They reportedly plan to highlight the film’s staggering global impact, becoming the first Marvel film with a black leading actor (Chadwick Boseman) and how it outgrossed Titanic at the US box office.